The world of crunches: Defining your abdominals

So there I was, a gangly, ungainly guy standing in a giant aerobics studio surrounded by mirrors. Next to me on the floor was a fitness ball. I had never used a fitness ball, in fact I had never even heard of a fitness ball. None the less, there I was. My work out partner, in far better shape then I, was going to show me how to use the ball to make my ab routine more excruciatingly effective.

The whole premise of this heightened routine was to center around the crunch. For those of you who don’t know what a crunch is, a crunch is like doing a sit up without actually sitting up. In fact, the whole motion of a crunch is to keep your abs constantly flexed. I had always thought that crunches were like doing push ups on you knees – a bit of a cop out. I was wrong. The thing about your abs is that unlike other muscle groups they can take a lot. When you work your abs, it takes a lot to get them going. What is really different about abs is that they bulge in their relaxed state and are stretched thin when flexed. Think about your leg muscles for a second. Your quads bulge when you flex them. Abs are the other way around. Getting myself on to the fitness ball was an exercise in patients. Having never used one before, it was awkward and it felt really odd. This is due in part to my rather uncoordinated nature, and yes I am a horrible dancer. What really made it difficult for me to position myself correctly on the ball was the fact the I was laughing hysterically. Being in the aerobics studio surrounded by mirrors, gave me multiple angles from which to watch my floundering. Abs are largely responsible for holding you up. They are part of what is known as your core. Your core is what keeps you stable when standing, allows your body to twist at the waist, rise after bending over, and remain, well, upright. While there are other muscle groups involved with your core, abs have a special place in the eyes of the world. Defined abs are a sought after symbol of good health and fine physique. For the average person, getting setup on the ball, in proper position for crunches, is a relatively easy affair. It merely involves resting your hips and lower back on the ball while planting your feet squarely on the floor. It’s like slouching in a chair that has no back. Like I said, really no big deal – unless your me. I finally nailed the proper setup and once the laughter subsided, I was ready to start. Like all exercises, form is critical. Crunches require very little motion. To begin, lean back as far as your balance allows. Place your hands on your temples with your elbows out. Focus on pushing your lower back into the ball and using your abs pull your shoulders up. In very real terms, you should only be raising your shoulders up about four inches. At the top of the crunch. Hold it for a two count and slowly let yourself back down slowly without disengaging your abs. Repeat. It’s really a simple and effective exercise. In my case, now firmly set up on the ball, I went at the crunches with gusto. Crunched until I simply could crunch no more. It is here that I would like to point out that you need not do this. You should work your abs in sets as with any other muscle baring in mind that you should do more then your average set. Aim for about three sets of fifty and go from there. In my case, I woke up the next day smiling to myself about the difficulty I had getting used to the fitness ball, after all, it really was easy once I got the hang of it. I smiled as I recalled my impressive display of abdominal endurance. I smiled, and smiled right up until the time I tried to sit up.


The Right Fitness Equipment For Right Living

Every human being has the right to lead a happy and fulfilling life and
this largely depends upon the level of fitness of his body as well as
mind. While mental fitness is an innate feeling which originates within
the human being, the physical fitness refers to the outward appearance
of the individual in terms of health, looks and flexibility and the
apparatus which helps to achieve physical fitness is known as fitness

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An Always Changing Experience At The Powerhouse Museum In Sydney

nytime you know that you are going to be traveling to Sydney you will be
able to count on the fact that there will be something stimulating and
fresh at the Powerhouse Museum . More than than a conventional museum
the Powerhouse extends a unique view of the world utilizing not merely
the comprehension of the past and how it shapes the future.

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Muscle Fitness, Are you Making These Serious Mistakes?

Right fitness is extremely significant for males and women alike. For
guys in particular, fitness isn’t only a sign of excellent well being,
but a aspect for attraction too, that’s beginning to apply to girls as
well now. Guys that are in superior shape have a tendency to attract
women a lot more than males having a run-of-the-mill physique.

Health: A Look on Diet Fitness

Many people nowadays are very much conscious about their own health and
fitness. In addition to that, these people, and many others as well,
are now having that desire to sculpt their bodies to achieve that
magazine-cover look. As a result, gyms, health spas and other fitness
centers have proliferated all over to cater to the needs of the fitness
buffs and aficionados.

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Fitness Workouts: 3 Misconceptions You Need to Know about

Making fitness workouts a part of your lifestyle is one of
the best decisions you could ever make in your life. To get the best
out of your fitness workouts, it’s important to be as informed as
possible about what’s best for you and what is not. Here are three
common misconceptions that people have about fitness workouts.


Fitness – Your Inner Song

We have read several fitness books and articles. Every one of them lays great emphasis on physical fitness through exercise and sensible eating, but none of them has yet explored one more dimension that fitness explores – the inner you.

Fitness is
a great communicator, a charismatic force that puts you in touch with
your inner self. It builds bridges within you that heal and seal the
yawning emptiness mentioned earlier in this chapter. And it follows
that when you feel great about yourself, complete in yourself, can you
relate better to other people that you are in touch with.

is a three-way process. Firstly, it sparks off a communicative current
within you. In turn, you – in an entirely natural manner – transfer
this spark to the people you deal with. And here comes the interesting
part. So irresistible is this special spark that the people you deal
with respond in kind. There is an explanation for this phenomenon.

being fit you are in your natural element. Which means you have
awakened the inner you a special entity. When you feel that
specialness, you communicate it unconsciously to the next person. And
equally unconsciously, the next person responds to your specialness.

at the other side of the coin. If you are not fit, you are not
confident, you slouch a little, perhaps you mumble. Unconsciously, you
are beaming out a negative message to the other person. A message that
murmurs timidly, “I am not confident, I am not special” And, likewise,
the other person responds – turning your opinion about yourself back on

But fitness makes you stand upright with your spine straight
and firm. Your eyes are clear, there is a glow about you. You may not
say much, but your bearing, the way you hold yourself says, “I am
special” And the other person absorbs this and gives a mental
appreciative nod.

In short, fitness restructures the grammar of
your body language. It infuses it with positive adjectives and beams
them out to everybody. Fitness enhances your solo performance on the
stage of life.

If you have watched – even as you have listened to
– a solo performance of an artiste singing, you may have observed a few
things. At first, the singer may look as ordinary as the boy or girl
next door. But as the notes spiral upwards and the night deepens,
there’s a flush on his face. The features seem transformed by an inner
emotion giving him a strange glow, an extraordinary beauty. The
audience feels not only the magic of the music but also vibrates to the
personality of the performer.

Why is it that we come away from a
musical performance feeling uplifted? The genius of the singer is
undisputed. But has it ever struck you that there is also something
special inside you that responds so wholeheartedly to the magic?

you examine yourself in this new light, you will get a fresh
perspective on yourself. That you, too, are no run-of-the-mill
individual, but a tremendous entity in yourself. For some reason our
culture does not teach us anything positive about our individual
selves. It’s sad because we lose so much by going through life feeling
inferior. Yet, if every one of us were to be analysed objectively, we’d
find greatness residing in every single being.

You may feel that
those who’ve reached the top of the corporate ladder, for example, must
be feeling they’re the greatest – the achievers. Surprisingly, it is
not sp. We’ve met a few who don’t. They still feel they lack something.
Which is why they set out to impress you by dropping names, informing
you directly or indirectly about their assets. They even go to extreme
lengths to prove they are creative, broad-minded, have a vision.

all probability, if you too are tuned only to your negative self, you
come away feeling patronized, abused, put down. This is where we mourn
the loss of communication. Two warm, lovely people can vibe poorly due
to a total lack of communication within themselves.

But suppose
you are positive about yourself, know deep within you that your
existence in this world is as justified as the next person’s, that
though you are only a small part of the dynamic human race there is
nobody like you, that you may not be a top dog in a corporation but are
an extremely important member of the world, you would react
differently. You would recognise the fact that the other guy is only
trying to impress you by trotting out his acquaintances and assets.
That he wants you to feel he is as intelligent as you, as creative as
you. In other words, he feels he is only , as important as the people
he knows, the things he possesses.

The problem with the person
you’ve met is that he is not in harmony with himself. But you needn’t
feel pulled down to his level if you believe and know that you are a
physical phenomenon created by Nature with a mind, a spirit, suffused
by something special- the inner song.

It is the inner song – that
great harmonious element within you – that has responded to the almost
divine spell cast by the singer’. You feel uplifted because during
those precious hours all the components inside you were in harmony, a
state of equilibrium -like a perfectly composed song.

In this
condition, you can be quietly content or joyously vibrant. And for days
afterwards, the memory of that wonderful experience tingles within you.
This is so because of a simple law of nature. The singer has
communicated through his art and you have absorbed it and responded to
it. And you have been able to react so ‘positively because it has
touched the positive self inside you. It means you have the ability to
be positive. Just like say, a piano when played gives off music. When
the keys inside you were ‘pressed’ by the singer’s melody, you too
vibrated and ‘gave off music.’

But, you may ask, how do I keep
those keys pressed constantly, how do I hold on to that special tingle?
The answer is simple. Keep fit. Fitness opens the doors to self-belief.
It keeps you in a perpetual state of inner harmony. Wasn’t it William
Shakespeare, that great literary king, who wrote, “To thine own self be
true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be
false to any man.” To that, we’d add, “and no man can be false to you,”
because with your inner confidence, with the inner song humming through
you, you need never feel that somebody is putting you down or
patronizing you – because you are an extraordinary creation of nature,
a gift to humankind. In simple words: because you are you.

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